Considered one of the top ten countries for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of Dominica offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.
Snorkeling offers a great way to jump right in and check out everything the Dominica has to offer. The waters surrounding the island have a visibility of about 100 feet, allowing curious visitors to take in the underwater world without committing to more complex dive gear.
Snorkeling gear is offered for free at many local accommodations, while the island's many dive shops also rent out snorkels, masks, and fins for around $10 to $25(USD) per day. There are nearly 30 featured sites around the island, meaning that guests are promised a unique and uncrowded experience, every time.
The waters off the west coast are especially calm, making snorkeling a treat. Some great places to explore include, within which is , one of the most raved about reef sites in the region, Toucari Hot Springs, and the .
If you're ready to see what's down below you should consider a visit to Champagne. Named for the bubbly water that is a result of streams of air effervesce, this site is certainly a unique one. Underwater, snorkelers will see hard and soft coral alive with lobster, frogfish, sea horses, sea anemones, yellow sponges, sea urchins, and schools of juvenile fish. This snorkeling site is situated in the southern part of Dominica.
is another place you might enjoy. With a maximum depth of 15 feet, this shallow site has a great diversity of marine life to explore including sea anemones, moray eels, and sting rays.
A third location to consider is Douglas Bay. Hard and soft multi-colored corals have overcome several underwater boulders in this bay, encouraging other marine life such as barrel sponges, and tropical fish.
A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is. While you will typically see coral reef teeming with brightly colored reef fish when you snorkel, this area is known for bringing out the more unique sea life including octopus, sea horses, and lobsters. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located within the southern part of Dominica.
is a fifth option to consider. Part of a three mile marine reserve that includes the rim of an underwater volcanic crater, you may think this is reason enough alone to try snorkeling here. Actually, it i the hard and soft corals that blanket the rim that are truly impressive. There are a few different snorkeling sites throughout the reserve, including the Danglebon's Pinnacles, the Champagne Bubbles Area, and the L'Abym.
The chart directly below offers some details concerning 9 of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.
|Champagne||3.7 mi. South of Central downtown Roseau|
|1.7 mi. South of Central Pointe Michel|
|Douglas Bay||1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Clifton|
|1.4 mi. South of Central Pointe Michel|
|0.4 mi. West of Central Scotts Head Village|
|1.9 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Black Sands Beach||0.5 mi. East of Central Calibishie|
|Secret Beach||2.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Portsmouth|
|Woodford Hill Bay||2.0 mi. East of Central Calibishie|
For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.
If you'd like to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to contact Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.. In addition to day sails off the coast of Dominica, there are a number of sailing destinations that can be arranged -- including trips to Portsmouth Beach, Mero Beach, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.
Another option worth investigating is Anchorage Dive and Whale Watch. The main product from this dive center is their scuba tours and whale watching. They are also able to give you basic diving instructions that will enable beginners to also go out and dive. They're located in southern Dominica.
A third option is Waitukubuli Eco Tours. Offering ecologically friendly sailing adventures, W.E.T. takes guests out on custom rigid inflatable boats for tours of the island and its waters.
A few details regarding boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling are displayed directly below.
|Anchorage Dive and Whale Watch||(767) 448-2638||1.1 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|(767) 440-2628||1.1 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Waitukubuli Adventure Tour Co.||(767) 440-2628||Downtown Roseau|
|Waitukubuli Eco Tours||(767) 275-7001||Roseau|
If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with Dive Dominica. Although they favor Champagne Reef, anywhere within the reserve is fair game for your snorkeling adventure. They are located within the southern part of Dominica.
Another place that offers snorkeling related services is Al Dive. A small, family-owned shop, this dive operation cares about making sure its guests see the beauty of the waters surrounding the island. That is why they also offer snorkeling certification and tours on a daily basis.
A third company worth contacting is JC Ocean Adventures. A private and peaceful adventure awaits you within the confines of Cabrit's National Park when you snorkel with this husband and wife team. They have over 17 years in the boating and diving world, they speak Spanish, and they love to snorkel, too. They're found on Dominica.
Check the following table for a list of 8 companies that provide snorkeling related services.
|Al Dive||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(767) 440-3483||1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Cabrits Dive Centre||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 445-3011||1.3 mi. West of Central Portsmouth|
|Champagne Reef Snorkel||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(767) 440-5085||3.8 mi. South of Central downtown Roseau|
|Dive Dominica||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 448-2188||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau|
|Fort Young Hotel Snorkeling||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 448-5000||Downtown Roseau|
|Irie Safari||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 440-5085||2.3 mi. North of Central Scotts Head Village|
|JC Ocean Adventures||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 295-0757||Dominica|
|Nature Island Dive||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(767) 449-8181||1.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Scotts Head Village|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
From the volcanic underwater topography to the marine reserves geared towards keeping marine life pristine, Dominica's snorkeling scene has a lot going for it. Experience it for yourself on your next island vacation and know that you won't be disappointed in a moment of it.
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